BET­TER TO­GETHER

A toronto pho­tog­ra­pher And A Mu­si­cian from cana­dian rock Band Arkells Plan Their own uniquely Ro­man­tic wed­ding Celebration With An In­ti­mate Guest List And A sur­prise cer­e­mony.

Wedding Bells (East) - - CONTENTS - By Kim­berly AGLI­PAY. Pho­tog­ra­phy nessa K. PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

A Toronto pho­tog­ra­pher and a mu­si­cian from Cana­dian rock band Arkells plan their own uniquely ro­man­tic celebration.

When it comes to get­ting mar­ried, a lav­ish af­fair with a 200-plus guest list isn’t for ev­ery­one. Just ask Scarlet O’Neill and An­thony Carone, who didn’t even tell guests where they were get­ting mar­ried un­til the day of the event. “We wanted to make our own choices and tra­di­tions,” Scarlet ex­plains. “We didn’t do things be­cause you are ‘sup­posed’ to, and we were lucky to plan a wed­ding where only the two of us made all the choices.”

Be­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher, Scarlet wanted her wed­ding to be un­like any­thing she’d ever pho­tographed. With An­thony be­ing from an Italian back­ground “that has the big­gest of wed­dings,” and al­ways per­form­ing in front of large au­di­ences with the band, the cou­ple agreed some­thing small and in­ti­mate would suit them best. “It was a good thing too, be­cause [oth­er­wise] we would have never pulled off our se­cret cer­e­mony in a Toronto park, where you’re not al­lowed to get mar­ried!” Scarlet laughs.

The pair started their wed­ding day in an un­con­ven­tional way by spend­ing the morn­ing to­gether. “We wake up to­gether ev­ery morn­ing, so it was im­por­tant for us to do this,” Scarlet says. “We stayed overnight at The Drake Ho­tel, which is near our condo and feels like a sec­ond home.” The cou­ple lin­gered over break­fast be­fore tak­ing a walk in their neigh­bour­hood.

They chose to get ready side by side, just the two of them. “An­thony hung out with me while I got my makeup done. Then we got dressed to­gether and the pho­tog­ra­pher ar­rived,” Scarlet re­calls. “An­thony zipped up my dress, we turned to face each other and that was our first look.”

Af­ter tak­ing pho­tos in parts of Toronto that held spe­cial mem­o­ries for them, the cou­ple re­turned to the ho­tel where their fam­ily awaited, and signed the mar­riage cer­tifi­cate over cham­pagne. From there, Scarlet and An­thony went to pick up their dog while their fam­ily boarded a bus to take them to the cer­e­mony venue.

“A ukulele greeted them once they were all there, play­ing ‘Can’t Help Fall­ing in Love,’” Scarlet re­veals with a smile. “Then the most ex­cit­ing mo­ment—An­thony and I came around the pond and trees, and walked down the makeshift aisle to­gether with our dog, Lucy.”

“We chose to walk down the aisle hand in hand, be­cause to us it sym­bol­ized be­ing part­ners and how we wanted to start our mar­riage,” Scarlet ex­plains.

An­other de­tail Scarlet loved was Lucy’s flower crown, which matched her own. “Lucy wasn’t su­per into it, but I loved it for the both of us!” she ad­mits.

Af­ter a short, sweet cer­e­mony and a shower of con­fetti as the cou­ple shared their first kiss, guests got back on the bus and made their way to the Ter­roni res­tau­rant on Queen Street, while Scarlet and An­thony used their own car to drop off Lucy at home.

“An­thony had writ­ten ‘Just Mar­ried’ on the back win­dow, and we had old-school soup cans hang­ing out the back as we drove to the res­tau­rant,” says Scarlet.

At Ter­roni, the new­ly­weds shared an Italian meal with their favourite peo­ple. “It was the most in­ti­mate and love­filled evening,” says Scarlet. “There is noth­ing I would have changed—it was per­fect.”

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